New five year deal for Watkins

Leeds youngster Kallum Watkins has signed a new five-year deal at Headingley.

Watkins, 20, is the latest home grown product to pen his long term future with the club, following on from the recent contract extensions given to Chris Clarkson and Ryan Hall, and has been handed the number three shirt by boss Brian McDermott for the upcoming season.

McDermott said: “Kallum is an exciting young player who has proven that he can perform at the highest level. I know that Kallum is now hoping to do that on a consistent basis after unfortunate injuries have frustrated him in the past as he looked to get a run of games under his belt. 

“He was an important player for us in our Cup run last season and he has looked good in pre-season training having added bulk to his power and pace.”

The champions are gearing up for their Super League opener against Hull KR on Friday 3rd February, although they will have one eye on the World Club Challenge match against Manly that takes place later in the month.

Watkins added: “It is really exciting to be part of the Rhinos squad at present and I had no hesitation in signing a new contract with the club. We have got some fantastic, young players here and the club have made it clear that they want to build for the future on the back of our recent success.”

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